Toyota cancels the cabriolet version of GT86

Article by Christian A., on October 7, 2013

Toyota won’t be producing a convertible version of its GT86 sports car anytime soon, according to sources. Toyota had displayed a concept named FT-86 Open at the Geneva motor show earlier this year. Toyota didn’t give a reason for the delay. There was never any confirmation that the show car will lead to a production model.

However, the electrically folding fabric roof appeared to be ready for showrooms. Sources said that the original coupe (which was jointly developed with Subaru) was designed with more models such as a drop-top. Insiders now say that the production model is postponed indefinitely and that it’s not in Toyota’s product plan for either 2014 or 2015.

It's believed that the project may be 'fast-tracked' if the management chooses to resume at a later date. But as soon as the choice is made, it will likely be a speedy process since most of the engineering work have been completed. Weight is one possible cause for the delay.

Toyota had said that additional work will be needed before the launch of the convertible and this may mean additional bulk that goes against the principle on the regular GT86 to be lightweight and to offer agile handling. A Toyota spokesman refused to talk about plans for the open-top GT86, saying that he won’t speculate on future models.

The Toyota FT-86 Open concept's extraordinary color scheme is additionally coordinated using a navy blue backing to the upholstery perforation gaps and golden yellow accent stitching to the seat leather.

Toyota FT-86 Open concept shares the stage and powertrain of the GT86; the globe’s first horizontally opposed engine with D-4S injection innovation - a 1,998 cc, low center of gravity, naturally aspirated, high-revving sports motor with the capacity for developing 100 DIN hp per liter- driving the rear wheels by means of a short throw, 'flick of the wrist' manual gear shift or a 6-speed automatic transmission with the world's quickest paddle shifting speed of only 0.2 second.

MacPherson strut front and double wishbone rear suspension systems provide direct handling feel, quick response and supreme controllability; electric power steering provides a fast, 13.1 gear ratio in standard with that of racing vehicles; and huge all-round ventilated disc brakes provide extraordinary pedal feel for vehicle control finesse.

Toyota has recognized various areas within which further engineering tests must be performed. Detailed assessment will be necessary to set up the effect on performance of any adjustments in vehicle rigidity, balance, weight and aerodynamics.

Because, through the adoption of such components as frameless doors, the GT86 was developed and ‘package protected’ with a cabriolet in mind. The effect on structural firmness of conversion to an open-topped bodyshell is not anticipated to be great. Besides, different effective solutions to preserve rigidity are being researched, such as the utilization of door lock reinforcements.

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